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This is it–the last week of January, and the last year of our beginning-of-the-year fundraiser.  We accomplished so much last year as a movement and as a site: with your help, we traveled to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. for oral arguments in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, we covered the history-making ruling in both those lawsuits, and now seven new states allow same-sex couples to wed.

There have been so many victories, and we are poised for several more.  All eyes are now on Denver, where the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is headquartered, and where two important cases are currently pending.

EqualityOnTrial.com was there when both of these landmark rulings were handed down in the last two months.  We brought you instant, informed analysis when the Supreme Court halted marriages in Utah earlier this month after a federal district court struck down the state’s marriage equality ban. Soon after, when a court in Oklahoma also invalidated that state’s marriage equality ban, EqualityOnTrial.com was picking apart the ruling in minutes. Both cases have been appealed, and will be heard at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this spring–possibly as soon as March 21.

EqualityOnTrial wants to be there to cover that crucial hearing, but we can only do it if each of our readers chips in a few bucks. Please make a tax-deductible donation to help get us there.

If we raise $5,000, we can fund the site through the summer. If we raise $6,000, we can cover all our expenses to travel to Denver and cover the appeal of the Utah decision. If we raise $8,000, we can cover expenses for another possible trip to Denver for the inevitable appeal of the recent Oklahoma decision granting marriage equality. And if we make our goal of $10,000, we’ll be fully funded for all of 2014. We can only keep the site running if our readers make it happen.  Please chip in whatever you can!

You helped us travel to the Supreme Court last year, and we want to be at the Supreme Court for the case that could bring marriage equality to all 50 states.  Either of these cases out of Utah and Oklahoma could be that case, but only after it is decided by the Tenth Circuit.  And as we know, there will be many more important cases throughout this year–this is just the beginning, and we want to get 2014 started off strong.

Help us travel to Denver this spring, and help us continue to bring you the thorough, in-depth, smart analysis you’ve come to expect from our site.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to EqualityOnTrial in the new year to help us continue this mission–any amount helps!

19 Comments

  • 1. Eric Koszyk  |  January 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I just donated a small amount; wish I could donate more.

    Good luck!

  • 2. Eric Koszyk  |  January 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Today the Indiana House is voting on HJR-3, which would put an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment on the ballot this November.

    The House should take this up shortly.

    Live stream of the House: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/house

    Also, see:
    https://twitter.com/freedom_indiana https://twitter.com/RejectHJR3

  • 3. Scottie Thomaston  |  January 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks so much!

  • 4. Jacob Combs  |  January 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Indeed–thank you, Eric!

  • 5. Eric Koszyk  |  January 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    LiveStream of IN House, working on HJR-3 NOW:
    http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/house

  • 6. Eric Koszyk  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    House voted to remove the second sentence, meaning that HJR-3 will most likely not be on the 2014 ballot!

    This is great news for us that want to focus on other states, such as Oregon.

  • 7. Pat  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Wow great news! Are we sure that they pull another stunt to avoid postponing the whole thing? (like they did by changing the bill to a more republican committee)

  • 8. Pat  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    *that they WON'T pull another stunt

  • 9. Stefan  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Oregon likely will be wrapped up before November as well since oral arguments for the case are scheduled for April and like Virginia no statewide official will defend the ban in court. They'll still obviously go for a symbolic repeal but won't require anywhere near the resources they would've otherwise. My hope is now for the national organizations to give full support to Ohio, which is looking to legalize it via referendum this November. Recent polls show a favorable outcome.

  • 10. Zack12  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/01/ind_la

    I would say if they go through all those steps to put it on the ballot,the animus on it will be as clear as day.

  • 11. Chrys  |  January 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Don't get paid until next Monday. Had a bit I could have given, but it went to a friend facing eviction instead, sorry. :(

  • 12. Christian  |  January 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Did what I could a while back :) good work guys

  • 13. grod  |  January 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Stefan – Southern Ohio's Judge Timothy Black's ruling on the right to remain married and have valid marriages recognize where you reside was the main thrust of findings. He footnotes [1] Scalia's observation that the majority opinion [in Windsor] spells defeat for any state's refusal to recognize marriages of the same sex authorized by a co-equal state…. Its offends due process.
    As the Oklahoma Burtons might wish to note in their appeal application to the 10th Circuit and found in footnote 9: this Court states affirmatively that Section 2 of DOMA does not provide a legitimate basis for otherwise constitutionally invalid state laws, like Ohio’s marriage recognition bans, no matter what the level of scrutiny. Although Section 2 of DOMA is not specifically before this Court, the implications of today’s ruling speak for themselves.

  • 14. JayJonson  |  January 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hope more readers will chip in. I gave when the fundraiser was first announced. The site is indispensable for us who follow the marriage equality struggle. Congratulations on your good work.

  • 15. Zack12  |  January 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I gave $10. Wish I could have given more then that.

  • 16. grod  |  January 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Zack – you inspired me. G

  • 17. Sean from NJ  |  January 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I just gave $40. I wish it could have been more. Keep it going guys. Even $5 is acceptable.

  • 18. martinmonday  |  January 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

    If we want to donate money after the fundraiser is over will we be able to? I don't think I'll have the money by next week, but I might in a couple of weeks.

  • 19. sfbob  |  January 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    You can ALWAYS donate money to a non-profit; it's not a "window of opportunity, limited time only" sort of thing. I know they'll appreciate it no matter when you do.

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